The guy behind these happy poster paste-ups is designer Andy Leek, who not only slaps the messages on to bus stops and outside galleries, but also sticks them into copies of the Metro!
Leek told Mashable that going through a period of mental illness inspired him to start up the project.
“It was caused by working too hard, commuting for too long and not looking after my mental well-being. I noticed that commuters looked really miserable so wanted to try and make a difference in other people’s days.”
“Once I started, I realised how much fun it is to head out into the city at night and create street art while the rest of the city sleeps. The slightly illegal nature of the project just added to the fun and sense of adventure.”
It’s illegal to post any sort of pop-up poster in the UK. Doing so can lead to a fine or even a short prison sentence.
This hasn’t stopped Andy though. Since the posters started popping up all over the city, Instagrammers far and wide have started posting hundreds of his feel-good messages on their Insta feeds:
“Lots of people [are] saying that my messages struck a chord with them and that it made a difference to their day. It is this that keeps me going with the project. I see this as a wonderful serendipitous collaboration with strangers,” Leek said.
For more amazing people, check out this teen who painted her leg to stop instead of self-harming.